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Johns Hopkins University



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Lighthouse International Inc

American Occupational Therapy Association , Inc.




Johns Hopkins University


John Hopkins University School of Nursing


Johns Hopkins


Johns Hopkins University School


Johns Hopkins University Schools of Nursing and Medicine


National Institute of Mental Health


The Senior Health Institute


Thomas Jefferson University


Thomas Jefferson University , College of Health Professions


Thomas Jefferson University , Philadelphia

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2014 Caregiving Conference Speaker Bios

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Featured Speaker: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is a Professor of Community-Public Health in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability and aging in place. She has received continuous research and training grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes of Health for more than 24 years. Her programs of research include understanding adaptive processes in old age-particularly with the use of assistive devices and environmental modifications-psycho-social-environmental approaches to helping older people with physical frailty age in place, nonpharmacologic approaches to enhancing quality of life of individuals with dementia and their family caregivers, mental health disparities in older African Americans and depression treatments, and translating and implementing evidence-based interventions for family caregivers, individuals with dementia, and older adults with functional difficulties.. She is developing with colleagues the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging, which will examine issues related to developing and testing health promoting interventions for older adults and their families and implementation science.

Leadership & Staff

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Laura N. Gitlin, PhD. Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

In the News

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Change AGEnts Co-Leader, Laura Gitlin, leads a team at the Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health to develop the Tailored Activity Program (TAP).

Professor Laura N. Gitlin, ...

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Professor Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, sees no reason to stick to the tried and (perhaps not always) true in geriatric care.

She is an international leader on treatments that engage rather than simply sedate dementia patients who exhibit troubling behavioral symptoms, a sea change for healthcare if not a revolution.

The Society for Financial Awareness

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Working forever might be a bragging point, but it could also be a drag if your energy lags - even if you love your job, says Laura N. Gitlin, director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging and a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Consider the physical and cognitive demands of your job separately. You might be clicking on all cylinders mentally but finding that deadline work tires you more quickly and deeply than before.
Expect to adapt the way you work to become more in sync with your capabilities, workload and interests, Gitlin says.
"Even if you're not the direct primary caregiver, you are likely to be drawn in," Gitlin says. "This will collide with career expectations of family in many directions."
Illness is unpredictable and disruptive, she explains. It's not just a matter of ferrying an elder to scheduled appointments. Daily needs must be met in the moment, and small emergencies crop up continually. Negotiating a flexible work schedule or telecommuting is not a complete solution: You may find yourself working late into the night to offset time spent earlier at the occupational therapist's office.
"You are on call. You are not in charge, and that affects your productivity," Gitlin says.

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